While the SCS campus remains closed, on-campus classes will continue to be held remotely. These courses usually run during their regularly scheduled time and are held in synchronous sessions conducted via Zoom. Students should work with their academic advisors to develop course schedules that meet their academic and personal needs.
America and the World
This course focuses on the role of the United States in a rapidly changing world, where new world powers are emerging and competing with the U.S. for world leadership. We will explore how technology has propelled us into previously unimagined communications possibilities, and how national leaders and governments interact with one another. The course will explore the tremendous opportunities available through 21 st century “instant” communication, as well as the inherent dangers. We will analyze and debate current international and political situations, examine issues and trends critical to the future of the United States, and focus on how we are adapting to the emerging powers of China and India. We will also study what history tells us about isolationism and internationalism, and examine the pull of international forces with issues such as defense, health, the environment, and human rights. Additionally, we will review the political decision-making process that led to the U.S. military invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. Throughout the semester, class discussion will be encouraged.
Note: This course satisfies an International Relations concentration elective requirement.
Students will experiment with design thinking tools and mindsets to gain new perspectives and problem solving skills to use in careers as entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, or whatever path they choose. This course focuses on learning-by-doing in an interactive, team-based, and reflective way.
Note: This course counts for a Writing Core Area requirement or a Business and Entrepreneurship concentration elective.
This course introduces the theory and practice of corporate financial management and the application of financial management techniques to business decision-making. Topics include financial statement analysis, financial ratio analysis, the time value of money, risk and return, capital budgeting, cost of capital, sources and uses of financing, and international markets.
Students will learn about data security standards, the importance of data anonymization and methods to identify and prevent insider threats.
Note: This is a required Business and Entrepreneurship concentration course.
This course focuses on the ways in which the Internet and other digital technologies have transformed the global media landscape and therefore the way the world communicates and makes decisions over the last 20 years, with an emphasis on the intersection of media, technology, culture and geopolitics.
The student will engage with a variety of concepts and case studies in the form of news articles, scholarly articles, digital videos and podcast episodes to achieve a working knowledge of the global media landscape and how relationships develop between and among communities and their preferred media.
We will examine different ethical, strategic and tactical approaches that media professionals and organizations take to structuring their businesses, engaging with power, shaping narratives and distributing those narratives to various audiences. Underpinning the course will be an interrogation of the rise of more sophisticated censorship and surveillance that threatens freedom of the press and freedom of expression.
What is a hybrid? It is a course that is done partially online and partially in the face to face environment. In fact it is the best of both worlds. You can meet and greet your professor and classmates in person and also have the luxury of working on line and really get to do some in-depth research on a topic or discussion question. This means that every other weekly session will be held online and be discussed in the online discussion boards. During these weeks we will not meet in our regularly scheduled campus classroom. Instead, students will research a discussion topic and present it in the following week’s face to face session. The first class is face to face and the second class is online. We come back to the third class prepared to discuss the assigned discussion topics. We will follow this f2f/online formula until the end of the semester. The last face to face session will be the in-class final examination. The final will be a comprehensive exam and will be based on the required readings. If students have kept up with the weekly reading, they should not have any problem with the final. During on-line session weeks, students are expected to fully participate in the discussion boards and complete any required course research necessary and bring their answers with them to the following week f2f session. The advantage to a hybrid course is that students only have to be on campus in person for half the time as other traditional f2f courses, thus giving you more time for individual online research.
This course is designed to broaden individual understanding of the ever changing nature of international terrorism and transnational crime and its consequences on American society at large. Further, the course will also cover the present-day U.S. domestic and external responses to terrorism and crime and focus on the rise of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. We will begin by studying the definition and nature of terrorism, the U.S. national security policy response to this phenomenon, and the development of programs and policies by the federal government to prevent or thwart terrorist attacks in the future. We will focus on the rise of modern day terrorism and briefly cover terrorism in all its forms (political, ethno-nationalist, and religious). Finally, we will focus on trends in modern terrorism, especially the illegal proliferation of WMD and what the U.S. can do (or is doing) to counter such trends. This course will emphasize student understanding of the evolving issue of terrorism and make some projections as to its future direction and what the world can and must do about it. We will also investigate the modern phenomenon of transnational crime from identity theft and cigarette smuggling to human trafficking. We will invite in key law enforcement officials to speak to the class as guest lecturers during scheduled f2f sessions.
Note: The course meets a Social Sciences Core Area requirement or a International Relations concentration elective. This course satisfies a Social Sciences Core Area requirement or an International Relations concentration elective requirement.
This course is designed to provide students with their first exposure to International Law. It will provide a comprehensive overview of the subject, focusing on history, theory, and the structure of international legal obligation and legal operation, as well as on specialized regimes and contemporary challenges. Where relevant and as much as possible, the course will draw on current events to offer and provoke critical analysis of complex international issues. This course will be of particular interest to those students interested in global affairs and international relations, and in pursuing further studies in law.
Note: This course meets either a Writing or Social Sciences Core Area requirement or an International Relations concentration requirement. This course satisfies either a Writing or Social Sciences Core Area requirement or an International Relations concentration requirement.
Let Them Eat Culture: The History and Politics of Food
Oddly this class is not really about food directly (i.e., no recipes, no cooking, it won’t help you develop a nutrition plan or prepare you for a career in food services!). Yet, it is about how human culture, politics, and well-being have been dramatically affected by our food—how we grow it, sell it, distribute it, and eat it. Homo sapiens have existed for 250,000 years, yet civilization (and written history) emerges only 10,000 years ago. Why? For 240,000 years human beings existed as hunter gatherers chasing their food. It wasn’t until they made a transition to agriculture and domestication of animals for food that they created permanent settlements leading to a division of labor and written language. Throughout history what we eat and how we produce and distribute it has been central to trade, warfare, and the development of social class. Food has spurred political revolutions and has transformed our biological existence—in some cases for the worst and in others for the better. In the 21st century it is easy to take food for granted. Yet we spend 10 percent of each day, on average, consuming food and drink (…even more time earning enough to buy it). We’ve become disconnected from food production; this is the age of the Happy Meal, reheating rather than cooking, and celebrity chefs on multiple TV networks. We’ve forgotten how much time and energy it once took to produce and prepare food. We’ve lost our knowledge of even what is in our food. In this class you will learn about the food we consume now and what we ate in the past and the very real and important consequences of these choices.
Note: This course meets either a Humanities or Culture Core Area requirement.
Here is a stunning fact: the world can be understood mathematically. This fact underlies our success in science, computers, and even our private every-day reasoning processes. But how is this so? Why is mathematical thinking so astonishingly useful to help us understand the world around us? In this course, we examine the conceptual foundations of mathematics. No prior mathematical knowledge is required for this course. This is not a course about doing calculations. It is about abstract structures, and how we use such structure in our thinking. Throughout the course, we will ask the following questions. How do we organize things into collections, and networks? Does "+" (adding) mean what you think it means? Are there numbers that can't be enumerated (even by God), and if so, how do we even know about such spooky numbers? How do computers work, and how could it possibly all boil down to just ones and zeros? Are there math problems that can't be solved (even with an infinitely powerful computer)? And how do we even know how to figure out the answer to that? Finally, how do computer simulated neural networks "learn," and how much is it like human learning?
Note: This course counts as a Philosophy or Natural Sciences Core Area requirement.
The poet and short story writer Raymond Carver once wrote: “It ought to make us feel ashamed when we talk like we know what we’re talking about when we talk about love.” This may seem like an odd admonition. After all, it is often said that love is one of the things that make life worthwhile. How can we really fail to understand something most of us assume to be so important and to which we devote so much time and effort? But a little reflection suggests that love is perplexing. Sexuality is a battleground in our culture. It is often seen as the terrain where love can become perverse or unethical. Do celibates sacrifice something important? Can one love multiple romantic partners simultaneously? Is it wrong to? Should marriage be restricted to opposite-sex couples? Should it be restricted to couples at all, rather than extended to groups of three or more people? In this course, we will explore such questions in order to clarify and deepen our engagement with contemporary problems surrounding love and sexuality. Some authors whose work we will examine include Thomas Aquinas, Judith Butler, Irving Singer, Martha Nussbaum and Audre Lorde. The goal of the course is to help us become more thoughtful about the problems and possibilities of love and sexuality in our lives and our society.
Note: This course meets either a Philosophy or Humanities Core Area requirement.
This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of accounting. Students will learn topics including generally accepted accounting principles, financial statements, the recording process, account adjustments, the accounting cycle, accounting for assets, liabilities and equity, and financial analysis. Additionally, topics on data integrity and ethical behavior are explored to address faithful communication of financial information. The course will provide students with a practical understanding of common practices to account for business transactions and the ability to produce a basic set of financial statements that include a balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement and a statement of stockholders’ equity. Students will apply the concepts learned to analyze financial data and relationships, from which they will construct its meaning, such as the financial health of a company.
Economics has developed as a highly deductive social science. It begins with rather rigid assumptions about how human beings should behave to be “rational.” These were developed in the late-18th Century. Yet, inductive approaches, such as psychology and sociology understand human behavior with much a more inductive lens. How do people actually act economically and socially in feudal, capitalist, socialist, or communist economic systems? How do they react to the “rules of the game” and what are the consequences? This course examines and compares the economic systems humans have used historically to define the social psychology of economic behavior. It also addresses the future of economic systems given new technologies like automation and artificial intelligence and the rapid expansion of globalization and online commerce.
Note: This course meets either a Social Sciences Core Area requirement or a Business and Entrepreneurship concentration elective requirement.
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Guidance Related to COVID-19
Updated Monday, February 1st, 2021 at 11:19 AM EST
Georgetown University remains open and dedicated to excellence in providing key services to our community. All in-person courses continue through distance instruction. All staff and faculty who normally work at the 640 Massachusetts Ave NW campus are teleworking and are available virtually.